[Clipart] 3000+ SVG files available
andrew.archibald at sympatico.ca
Tue Mar 15 20:37:00 PST 2005
Jon Phillips wrote:
> I started a list here:
> But, I know there are so many more. I also think it would be possible to
> find those cdroms like 30,000 clip art or whatever and if they say they
> are public domain, its free for the taking.
> Really, I think the best procedure would be to develop some form of
> script or spider that seeks out public domain clip art. It might even be
> useful to develop a specific script so that once you find a site that
> has PD, to do a harvest of the whole site and directly import it to OCAL
> -- of course, trying to follow good netiquette ;)
You do have to be a bit careful about this! There are a few ways OCAL could
get badly burned by this (worst-case: "tainting" the whole archive, so nobody
can trust any of it to be PD).
* You can't copyright PD material, but you can copyright material based on PD
material. The test is whether you have added "expressive content", but the bar
is traditionally set very low (a preface to a Shakespeare play, minor spelling
corrections, and so on). In our case, the addition of metadata might be enough
for a site to claim copyright.
* You can't copyright unmodified PD material, but you can copyright a
collection of individually uncopyrighted works - notionally what you are
copyrighting is the expressive content involved in selecting and organizing the
content (the phone book is a classic example). So if we import a clipart
collection entire and unchanged, we're probably violating copyright.
* PD content may nevertheless not be safe (or appropriate) to include in OCAL.
Security issues (trojan anyone? how about a virus?), offensiveness issues
(talk about censorship aside, do we really want a vectorized goatse?),
trademark issues (hey look at this neat picture of the Apple logo I just drew!)...
* Many sites may mix PD and "do what you like" content - even a license that
places no restrictions on the user whatsoever is not the same as public domain.
And sites may mix in "royalty-free" content willy-nilly.
Unless content has been explicity flagged as public domain, preferably by the
author, I don't think it's safe to include in OCAL. The only reliably
machine-readable indicator of PD content I can think of is the Creative Commons
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